Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator Specialization

Admission Requirements


Program Description

Nurse educators are a key resource in preparing a nursing workforce that will provide quality care to meet the health care needs of our population. They practice in academic and clinical settings, and they must be competent clinicians. Although being a good clinician is essential, it is not necessarily sufficient for the educator role.

The Nurse Educator Specialization program is designed to expand the knowledge base of registered professional nurses to prepare them for the role of nurse educator in four areas:

  • Higher education

  • Vocational education

  • Staff education

  • Patient education

The program provides theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of curriculum development, instructional design, advanced teaching methods, and program evaluation.

The curriculum is based on the practice dimensions of the nurse educator role, recommendations of the National League for Nursing (NLN), and the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education.

Graduate of the Nurse Educator Specialization program are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse EducatorCM. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification examination in Nursing Professional Development.

This 35 credit hour program is designed for students who have established an expertise in a clinical area and are now interested in nursing education. The curriculum includes coursework related to experiential teaching methods including high fidelity patient simulation strategies and other emerging technologies to improve education outcomes.

The Nurse Educator Specialization curriculum is designed to meet the learning needs of students who are working full-time. Courses are taught in an online format.

A Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education is also available to students who have earned the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree in Nursing

Introductory or undergraduate courses in statistics and research. Unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state in which practicum will occur. GRE scores are not required for admission.

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036


MSN Nurse Education Specialty Track -- Traditional Entry

(For students with a B.S. degree in Nursing)

Required Courses

Professional Core(12 credits)
NU-908Professional Role Development: Philosophical & Curricular Development In Nursing Education 13
NU-920Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Education 13
NU-925Research for Evidence-Based Practice 13
NU-951Nursing Leadership & Administration 13
Interdisciplinary Courses(6 credits)
NU-930Social Policy and the Economics of the Health Care Delivery System3
Specialty Courses in Education(17 credits)
NU-937Advanced Health Assessment 13
NU-938Advance Concepts in Physiology and Pathophysiology 13
NU-939Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology 13
NU-942Practicum in Teaching & Learning I 14
NU-943Practicum in Teaching & Learning II 14
Total Credits35

Nurse Educator Specialty Courses

NU-900 Individual Assessment

Bridge Program students only The RN with a B.S .or B.A. degree in a discipline other than nursing identifies individual learning outcomes in their Master's program of study.

1 Credit

NU-901 Community Health and Health Policy

Bridge Program students only This course analyzes the development of policy and its impact on the health of populations. Students apply epidemiology and public health science to population-based nursing practice.

3 Credits

NU-902 Transition to Advanced Nursing

Bridge Program students only Designed for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in areas other than nursing, provides a common knowledge base including the community perspective as a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The realities of modern nursing practice are examined.

3 Credits

NU-908 Professional Role Development: Philosophical & Curricular Development In Nursing Education

This course provides the student with an overview of the role of the nurse educator and the philosophical, theoretical, legal, ethical, and professional foundations of nursing education. Content builds on philosophical traditions and influences, nursing theory, pedagogy and andragogy. These foundations provide the basis for an examination of the development of conceptual frameworks, curricula, and the teaching-learning process.

3 Credits

NU-920 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing

This course concentrates on the philosophical basis of theory development and application. Students are introduced to the levels of theory building, concept formation and the elements of a model while considering the values and goals of nursing actions.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

NU-925 Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Prerequisites: NU-946

Students build upon previous learning of research design, methods and process. The critical relationship of research to nursing as a science, as well as its development as a professional dicipline is emphasized.

3 Credits

NU-930 Social Policy and the Economics of the Health Care Delivery System

This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to comprehend the political, economic and social elements that affect health and health services. The student develops an understanding of the regulatory enviorment and its impact on the delivery of nursing care.

3 Credits

NU-936 Epidemiology

Evaluation of epidemiological principles and techniques of investigation; measures of incidence and prevalence applied to health risk, morbidity and mortality in specific populations.

3 Credits

NU-937 Advanced Health Assessment

This course provides the nurse educator student with the theoretical and clinical knowledge required to teach health assessment to students enrolled in basic nursing education programs. Includes principles of health assessment throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on problem-based and student-centered learning.

3 Credits

NU-938 Advance Concepts in Physiology and Pathophysiology

This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology. Course focus is on pathological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the life span. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases. The influence of environmental and genetic factors on the development of disease will be examined.

3 Credits

NU-942 Practicum in Teaching & Learning I

Prerequisites: Students must be matriculated in the master's of science in nursing education program and have completed NU908, NU937, and NU939. Students matriculated in the post-masters certificate are waived from these prerequisites.

This course examines driving societal forces for technology integration in nursing education, as well as a variety of teaching strategies utilized in today's learning environment. The student is provided with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained through a diverse practicum experience. Students will complete a minimum of 60 hrs. Using theories of education, students will discuss and evaluate the use of teaching and learning strategies, as well as quality improvement and patient safety in clinical practicum settings.

Fall only and every year. 4 Credits

NU-943 Practicum in Teaching & Learning II

Prerequisites: NU-908 NU-937 NU-939 NU-942

This course builds upon the practicum experience of NU942 combining both didactic and clinical components. Students will complete a minimum of 65 hrs. The student is provided the opportunity for continued implementation of the components of the educator role under the guidance of a preceptor in an educational setting.

Spring only and every year. 4 Credits

NU-946 Biostatistics

This course links statistical methods to epidem- ology and ultimately, to practice issues in diverse cultural populations and communities. Students draw upon knowledge acquired from the physical science to interpret and summarize statistical data in meaningful ways.

3 Credits

NU-951 Nursing Leadership & Administration

Provides the student with the necessary skills to integrate appropriate business, economic, financial, leadership and management concepts into effective strategies to effect change in community/public health agencies and healthcare organizations.

3 Credits

NU-999 Clinical Nursing Education

3 Credits